Can We Take a Joke?

2016 • 74 minutes
35 reviews
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In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to – and public censure of – their offender has never been more powerful. Today we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?

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35 reviews
Mike White
August 27, 2016
Can We Take a Joke explores the zeitgeist of offending people and moral outrage caused by free speech and especially, humor. Having grown up when "political correctness" became the norm on college campuses, it's slightly terrifying to see just how far that movement has gone to censor free thought and expression. There are a few moments of clunky editing in CWTAJ (an aborted segment on Stephen Colbert's "Ching Chong" joke is stuffed into another piece and really goes nowhere) and the documentary sometimes teeters into becoming more about Lenny Bruce than anything else but, overall, I'd recommend it.
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Michael Dave
August 11, 2016
Good Film With everything going on in comedy and college campus and free speech in general, it was nice to hear from some comics on their POV and give another side of the discussion. Not boring, it keeps a good pace for a documentary and held my attention, editors did a good job with the film. Learned a lot I didn't know as well.
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Maxwell Bond
August 28, 2016
Love my main momy chrisgeansa but tommy buns is the water champ. You can clearly hear tina never nibbels her water. If you listen closly torwds the end you can hear tommy gulping his water
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